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Attempted robbery, car chase ends after crash into Whitestone home


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Jackeline Garcia

A dramatic car chase through Queens Wednesday night ended with a getaway car slamming into a Whitestone home and two suspected robbers in handcuffs, police said.

The trouble began at about 7:45 p.m. at a cellphone store in Flushing.

According to authorities, three men entered the Verizon store at 191-30 Northern Blvd. while wearing masks and simulating a firearm, and announced they were robbing the place.

The suspects then fled without taking anything, with one escaping on foot and the other two getting away in a van.

Police were able to spot the van near the Cross Island Parkway and Willets Point Boulevard a short time later and a chase reportedly ensued. As the cops went after the suspects, the van struck two parked cars before crashing into a nearby home on Willets Point Boulevard.


One suspect, 20-year-old Xavier Oneal of Brooklyn, was arrested at the scene. The van’s other occupant, 38-year-old Andrew Taylor, also of Brooklyn, was nabbed not far from the scene at Utopia Parkway and 17th Road after fleeing on foot. Both have been charged with robbery, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and menacing, police said.

According to the FDNY, five people were hurt as a result of the chase. Four were taken to North Shore-LIJ with minor or non-life threatening injuries. One person refused medical attention at the scene.

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Suspect arrested, three loaded guns recovered after car chase


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Narcotics detectives recovered a loaded assault rifle along with two loaded hand guns after a brief car chase in Jamaica recently.

A 2009 Dodge Avenger with three male passengers fled when the detectives from Queens Narcotics attempted to pull over the vehicle just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 near 155th Street and 116th Road, police said.

The car crashed into a parked minivan on 149th Street and fled the vehicle, according to authorities. Police caught and arrested one of the three suspects, James Graham, 27.

A fully loaded AR 15 rifle and two fully loaded 380 caliber firearms were recovered at the scene.

Graham was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and fleeing a police officer in a car.